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FFA Activities — this week:

Award Applications: The FFA members have been working on their proficiency awards, which are based on their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) projects. The applications are due Friday, Feb. 16 to Mrs. Crook. The State FFA Band applications are due on Feb. 19. Katy Witzel is currently completing her audition tapes and application forms to submit for an opportunity to perform with other FFA band members from around the state at the Wisconsin State FFA Convention this summer. The American Degree applications are due March 5. FFA members that have graduated less than four years ago are eligible to apply for their American Degree. This is the highest degree an FFA member can earn and is a prestigious honor.

Strawberry Sale: The strawberry forms are in the FFA members hands. Please help promote this sale! The funds raised will help provide more opportunities for FFA members. The chapter can help cover registration fees, travel costs, and dues for FFA members to be more involved at the chapter, state and national level. Forms need to be returned by Friday, Feb. 15 to Mrs. Crook. Please have checks made out to Columbus High School. If you would like to purchase strawberries feel free to email gcrook@columbus.k12.wi.us or call 623-5956, ext. 2112. Our goal is to sell a whole pallet!

Upcoming events

Chapter Meeting: The Columbus FFA February meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 at the high school in the Ag room. The middle school meeting will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the chapter meeting at 7:30 p.m. The election of the 2019-2020 FFA officer team will take place at this meeting. All members should plan to attend to vote for the new officer team. All officer candidates are required to attend and will give a candidate statement prior to the election.

National FFA Week: The FFA members will be planning for National FFA Week for the next couple of weeks. They will be working on promotional items and event planning in preparation for the week of February 17-23. The FFA members look forward to this week every year!

212/EDGE Conference: FFA members in grades 7-8 can sign up to attend the EDGE conference held in Green Bay, March 22-23. The 212 Conference is open to ninth and 10th grade students. Students interested in attending should sign up with Mrs. Crook.

CDE Teams: FFA members are beginning to practice with their teams for the upcoming regional contests. The career development events provide an opportunity for students to test their knowledge and skills against other FFA members from around the state. The Columbus FFA chapter currently has students signed up for Dairy Evaluation, Equine Evaluation, Veterinary Science and Ag Sales. There are varieties of contest areas so all FFA members are invited to create a team. See Mrs. Crook if you are interested. The first contest is March 28 at UW-Platteville.

Agriscience Class:

Veterinary Science: The Veterinary Science class has been studying medical terminology. They have learned prefixes, suffixes and root words. They are using the words in activities such as word dissection, crosswords and word searches to become more familiar with the definitions and using the terms. The students are also making flash cards to help them study.

Greenhouse Management: The students began learning about floral design principals and the history of floral design. They tried to apply the principles in a floral design activity. They also learned about the different styles of floral designs throughout history and researched one of the key periods. The class has also been learning to identify common houseplants. On Friday, the students planted garlic, the first crop for their salsa!

Food, Forests and Wildlife: The sixth grade students started the week with their Ag Career Fashion Show. The students dressed up like an agricultural career and shared information they researched about the career with their peers. The students moved on to their unit on Wisconsin Agricultural Products and tried to list a Wisconsin ag product for each letter of the alphabet.

Pizza, Pets and Plants: The students in both the A and B day have been learning about soil profiles. They have learned that the soil is formed in layers, the three main particles of soil are sand, clay and silt, and they are learning to use a soil triangle. The students have analyzed soil layers in a sediment jar and calculated the percent sand, silt and clay in the soil sample.